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Sky Bandits (1986)

Through a series of circumstances, a pair of Old West gunfighters end up as fighter pilots in World War I.

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Barney
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Luke
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Bannock
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Yvette
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Mitsou
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Chalky
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Von Schlussel
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Ffolkes
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Hamilton
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Nicky
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Aldiss
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Countess Olga
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When two cowboys are captured in the old west trying to rob a bank, they are exiled to the front lines of World War I to fight alongside the British. They get into a bet to see if they can fly a Gunbus, they do but then end up in another base under an officer who is determined to hunt down a German airship. Written by bob the moo

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There's a new kind of adventure in the air.


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31 October 1986 (USA)  »

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Gunbus  »

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$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,468,500 (USA) (2 November 1986)

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$2,295,500 (USA)
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Scott McGinnis turned down the supporting role of "Hollywood" in Top Gun in favor of the lead role in this film. See more »

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In this film the officers rank insignia were on their shoulder epaulets as on WWII and modern British Army officers uniforms. In the first world war officers rank was shown on the sleeve cuffs. See more »


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University of Hollywood Flight Song
Composed by Thom Keyes & Fred Woessner (as Fred Woesner)
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Silly, poor acting, poor effects and daft plot – slightly trashy fun but cr*p
17 November 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When two cowboys are captured in the old west trying to rob a bank, they are exiled to the front lines of World War I to fight alongside the British. They get into a bet to see if they can fly a Gunbus, they do but then end up in another base under an officer who is determined to hunt down a German airship.

I taped this film on the basis of the catchy name (it was called Gunbus in the UK) and I didn't really know what to expect from it in terms of plot, action etc so my expectations were pretty low. Surprisingly my low expectations were never even met once. The plot jumps around from the old west to WWI with little explanation, before we know it, the heroes are flying missions on German aircraft (despite not being able to fly). The film gets sillier towards the end as cars, broken aircraft etc are pieced together for an attack from the British – it would be laughable if it wasn't so bad.

The effects are what you'd expect from a cheap film of this period – awful. The back projections of the sky spins all over the place and the little model planes just look daft. The action stutters simply because it is so silly. Like another reviewer said, some of the designs are imaginative and daring (the big airship for one) but the effects aren't up to the job and the action just makes the whole thing silly.

The acting is pretty poor and isn't helped by the total lack of characters in the film. The lead actors have a bit of banter between them at the start but they stutter as they get lost in the silly mess that comes about. The only interesting things in the cast are a couple of pretty women, some really, really poor English accents and an appearance by Nicholas Lyndhurst from Only Fools & Horses.

Overall this is a pretty poor film. I'm sure some users will see it as trashy fun but I only see it as trashy. It doesn't really have anything of value going for it and all you're left with is the cracks in the film.


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